Thursday, August 18, 2022 San Juan Regional Medical Center Receives Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) has recognized San Juan Regional Medical Center and its world class providers and care teams once again for demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain. San Juan Regional Medical Center was awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primary PCI, the only Four Corners area hospital to achieve this designation.

Hospitals that have earned ACC Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation have proven exceptional competency in treating patients with heart attack symptoms and have primary PCI available 24/7 every day of the year. Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), also known as coronary angioplasty, is a non-surgical procedure that opens narrowed or blocked coronary arteries with a balloon to relieve symptoms of heart disease or reduce heart damage during or after a heart attack.   

“San Juan Regional Medical Center is committed to providing quality heart care to our community,” said John Mayer, Chief Financial Officer and Acting Administrator at San Juan Regional Medical Center. “When a patient experiences symptoms of a heart attack and calls 911 for help, they can rest assured that our process to care for them is streamlined, from admission to evaluation to diagnosis and treatment all the way through to appropriate post-discharge care and recommendations and assistance in lifestyle changes.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 730,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. The most common symptom of a heart attack for both men and women is chest pain or discomfort. However, women are more likely to have atypical symptoms. Other heart attack symptoms include, but are not limited to: 

  • Tingling or discomfort in one or both arms, back, shoulder, neck or jaw
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cold sweat
  • Unusual tiredness
  • Heartburn-like feeling
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sudden dizziness 
  • Fainting

We encourage our community to learn more about the warning signs and symptoms of a heart attack, especially the early signs. If recognized in time, these early heart attack “beginnings” can be treated before the heart is damaged. Visit   


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